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Large • Female • Young
Retriever, Mixed Breed
Spayed Shots Current Good With Dogs
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This is Minka, a resilient and sweet young pup, approximately 10 months old, who has overcome a challenging start in life. She came to us after being hit by a car, and then underwent surgery and skin treatment, showing remarkable strength during her recovery. Even her name means “strong.” This large-sized, sweetie has mastered house training when kept on a schedule, signaling when she needs to go out by heading to the door. She is comfortable using her crate and does well on car rides. Minka is a fast learner who knows commands like "sit" and "no," though tricks are not in her repertoire yet. With her love of treats (any kind), she could easily be motivated to learn more!

She loves exploring on walks, ideally using a harness because of her injury, and only pulls on the leash initially and then calms down quickly. Minka's favorite pastime is playing with her chew toys. As she's still in her young adult phase, she’s both an energetic player and a gentle, affectionate soul who leans into her people to show love. She is a social butterfly, getting along well with both big and small dogs, and is now learning appropriate play behavior. Minka's unique charm lies in her eagerness to please, her ability to adapt and learn quickly, and her heartwarming affection. This playful pup is ready to steal hearts and bring joy to a loving forever home.

Interested in adopting this dog? Visit our website ( to fill out an application and to find out where this dog may be shown this weekend.

We love our dogs. We want happy lives for all of them and are looking for the home that provides the best fit for each dog’s individual needs. Please understand that there may be multiple families interested in this dog.

Also, please know that the breed mix listed is simply a guess. In most cases, we don’t know their background. We encourage you to base your decision on individual personality and pet qualities instead of relying on our guess.

Please understand, we only adopt our animals out near the Chicagoland area. Questions? Email us at Hope to see you become part of the SCCR family!

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